October 21, 2014 by Anne Tschida
October 21, 2014 by Frank Haggar
The newest events on the Miami tech scene, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins and Tech Networking @ The Dolphins combine South Florida’s passion for sports with its rapidly growing tech scene. These sports-themed gatherings allow local software and IT enthusiasts access to insights from Dolphins IT staff and Sun Life Stadium facilities to learn, network and share ideas. They will also add another layer to Miami’s increasingly diverse idea ecosystem, allowing participants the chance to explore how technology can leverage and enhance Miami’s great love for sports.
The events are supported by Knight Foundation, as well as the Dolphins.
The first of these, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins will kick off this week on Oct. 25, bringing together sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Included in the program are tech meetups at Sun Life Stadium and professional training sessions on IT and coding. A teach-a-thon event will also introduce local high school students to HTML web design and game development, as a way to engage them in idea-building.
October 21, 2014 by Rosie Sharp
October 21, 2014 by CSchwartz
October 21, 2014 by Chris Barr
Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.
We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?
Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries:
October 21, 2014 by Jenna Buehler
The first MIAMI SOUP microgrant led to the creation of a free, interactive theatrical performance that took place at locations across the city last month. “History on Wheels” is bike tour and performance based on the life story of city founder Julia Tuttle and her inventive interactions with other Miami figures like Henry Flagler, George Merrick, and James Deering. Photo Credit: Pati Laylle.
Miami’s latest recipe for social innovation offers changemakers an opportunity for network support and funding. MIAMI SOUP has invited three people with big ideas to dine with community members -- over gourmet soup, salad and bread -- to decide “what’s next” for the community.
How it works: Each dinner guest is a donor; event registration includes $50 for a plate of fine food and the opportunity to vote for one of three people with a small-budget idea that they believe would have big impact. The third MIAMI SOUP will take place Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Macy’s Test Kitchen in the Dadeland Mall.
October 21, 2014 by Jessica Walden
This article is cross-posted with permission from The Telegraph. This week a finale celebration was held atop Coleman Hill to recognize the impact of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. Since 2009, this community-driven grant program invested $3 million in the College Hill Corridor by funding ideas that would make the area thrive.
What made the program so successful is how the people of Macon embraced it. We dreamed big. We embraced creativity. We applied innovation. We rolled up our sleeves and invested the time to not just talk the talk of, “You know what would be great?” but to walk the walk of, “Let’s do this.”
Our resulting projects ranged from the simple with a complex purpose to the downright funky, quirky and completely, uniquely Macon.
There were simple tasks such as requesting a few hundred dollars to distribute light bulbs with sensor cells so neighborhood homes would automatically have a friendly front-porch light turn on as day turned to dusk. Not only did this enhance the sense of safety, but it encouraged neighbors to be neighborly. If you received a light bulb, you also received an extra to pass along to someone else on your block who could use it.
October 20, 2014 by Nate von Zumwalt
2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami. Photo by Michael Toledo.
Nate von Zumwalt is editorial manager for Sundance Institute.
Discovering and supporting independent artists is what Sundance Institute is all about. We believe that providing an inclusive space for artists to create and thrive encourages diverse stories and greater understanding. In 2013, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined us in support of this goal by helping Sundance Institute reach into two new communities, Philadelphia and Miami, in search of new voices, new perspectives, and new stories to be told.
Now Knight Foundation is expanding its support with a new $1 million investment. The Knight Fellows Project will provide filmmakers and related artists in eight U.S. cities with local programs modeled on the Institute’s renowned residential Labs and successful one-day workshops for emerging filmmakers.
Over the next three years, storytellers from Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will have access to creative and tactical training from esteemed Sundance Alumni and Advisors. Programs will include ShortsLabs, New Frontier Flash Labs and Screenwriters Intensives, as well as immersive workshops on documentary storytelling, film music, and creative marketing and distribution.
October 20, 2014 by Neil de la Flor
October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad
October 20, 2014 by Susannah Schouweiler
October 20, 2014 by Y-O Latimore
October 20, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek
October 20, 2014 by Joe Cortright
Last week we launched City Observatory, a new data-driven platform for sharing, analyzing and discussing the success of cities. The site’s original analysis and in-depth research on cities and urban issues is designed to inform community leaders, policymakers, policy wonks and the rest of us.
Today we released “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” a new CityReport that analyzes the choices young, educated professionals are making about where they live and how those choices are reshaping the economic development process. Future reports will address topics such as city job growth, neighborhood change, and the ways we create, use and interact with public spaces in cities.
October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad